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White House Issues Report on the Continuing Need to Rethink School Discipline

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The White House has released a new capstone report with updates about projects launched and local progress made in response to the Administration's Rethink Discipline efforts. Rethink Discipline aims to support all students and promote a welcome and safe climate in schools.

One of the notable points made in this report is to provide guidance to schools on ensuring equity and providing behavioral supports to students with disabilities. In August 2016, the Department of Education announced its own release of a significant guidance document in the form of a "Dear Colleague Letter," which emphasized the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarified that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that many children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports.

Access to the White House Report is available via the link below.

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